By Robert Fox, VP Emerging Technologies, Liaison Technologies
As technology and business trends continue to converge, companies are beginning to rethink their IT infrastructure and how best to integrate on-premise with cloud-based services and enterprise applications.
As I discussed in my article, Best Approach to Data Integration in the Cloud: A Revealing Look at Two iPaaS Options, enterprises and midmarket organizations are increasingly looking to the cloud for data integration. A cloud-based approach enables businesses to reduce infrastructure costs and easily scale their capabilities without the capital outlay.
Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is a platform for building and deploying integrations within the cloud and between the cloud and enterprise. With iPaaS, users can develop integration flows that connect applications residing in the cloud or on-premises and then deploy them without installing or managing any hardware or middleware.
iPaaS also makes it easier for companies to connect and interact with services via well-defined RESTful APIs.
The article describes two variations of the iPaaS model:
- Customer-driven iPaaS: The user is responsible for defining and managing the integration in a hosted Software-as-a-Service environment.
- iPaaS managed service: The iPaaS vendor not only hosts the integration platform but also handles the Integration-as-a-Service.
Pulling the camera back and identifying that the integration platform is now bedrock to a broader, and more pervasive layer – the Data Management Platform, a third model must be added to my list. The Data Management Platform (DMP) utilizes data integration, transformation, and security as the basis for a much richer set of services around data management itself. A revisit to the two iPaaS methodologies must be looked at and refined.
The term “hybrid cloud” has been the means to describe the stitching together of services to connect two entities together to determine where the actual data integration takes place. When we look at data management in the cloud, a third option must be added to the list, which I am coining as the “Customer Collaboration Model”. This model is the hybridization (so-to-speak) within the cloud to differentiate what is managed, and what is customer driven, pitting itself in the middle.
This model is growing rapidly within the industry around the data integration space, and is rapidly growing to blur the lines of the traditional “hybrid model”. What is now taking place is the need to draw customers more directly into the platform in terms of data management, whether it be for analytics, governance, audit, reporting, etc.
Liaison is working feverishly to create this new cloud-based data management experience which is rolling out quite rapidly. We are layering this experience over the foundational bedrock of a best-in-breed managed integration platform and inviting you, the customer, to participate in the new data management model – the customer collaboration model. Stay Tuned!